DMK leader Rajya Sabha MP Kanimozhi will contest the Lok Sabha elections in 2019 in Tamil Nadu from Thoothukudi. She has filed an application at the party headquarters seeking to contest Lok Sabha elections 2019 from Thoothukudi on Monday.
During her father M Karunanidhi's reign as the leader of DMK, she was nominated as the Rajya Sabha MP in 2007. Her term as MP from the Upper House comes to an end in July.
Following M Karunanidhi's death in August 2018, her half-brother MK Stalin took over as the DMK chief.
The DMK has which had earlier forged an alliance with Congress for the Lok Sabha polls, sealed the deal with CPI for Tamil Nadu.
On Monday, the CPI and DMK officially formed the alliance for the Lok Sabha 2019 polls in Tamil Nadu. The CPI's state secretary R Mutharasan and DMK President MK Stalin signed the seat sharing agreement on two constituencies in the state, ahead of Lok Sabha polls.
Tamil Nadu has a total of 39 Lok Sabha seats.
DMK which has been in talks with several parties had formed an alliance with Congress on February 20, where it had promised 10 seats for the party. MK Stalin proposed Rahul Gandhi's name as the next PM in 2018 even before the alliance between Congress and DMK was confirmed.
The DMK had also settled the seat sharing with the party VCK had for 2019 elections. After multiple rounds of discussion, DMK gives 2 seats to VCK
The NDA alliance currently comprising of AIADMK and PMK with the BJP and the UPA alliance in the state with its present parties Congress and DMK and VCK have been on a series of meetings discussing parleys.
Amidst the development of DMK forming alliance with CPI, Union Minister Piyush Goyal announced that parties from NDA from Tamil Nadu including AIADMK, PMK along with the BJP will hold a grand meeting on March 6.